The Troy Street Observer

Mar 30, 1949: Pat Rainey Headlines at Satire Room

Pat Rainey, with a record in the shops and a show on the radio, sang at the Hotel Fensgate’s Satire Room.

We’ve visited the Fensgate twice this month, to meet George Bedoian, and to check out George Wein’s little club upstairs. As noted, the main room at the Fensgate in 1949 was the Satire Room, and that’s where you found Pat Rainey and her Rain-Beaus. Columnist George Clarke called her “Boston’s challenge to Lena Horne.”

Photo of Pat Rainey
Pat Rainey, ca. 1949

Rainey’s career built steadily through the late 1940s. In 1947 she made a number of short films and soundies, including Reet, Petite, and Gone with Louis Jordan. Rainey has no real role in the film, all of a sudden she’s in the studio singing with Jordan’s band, but it was good exposure. In 1948, she sang with Dean Earl at Eddie’s and in November, for the first time at the Satire Room. Late that year Rainey recorded her only record, for Boston’s Gold Medal label, “Gotta Love You ‘Til I Die,” with Clarence Jackson’s group. Metronome and Billboard reviewed it, both grading it about average. Said Metronome: “Miss Rainey impresses us as an assured singer…she sings with little restraint and much emotion. But she is hindered by an unworthy accompaniment.”

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